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23feb7:00 PMAtwater Poetry Project presents readings by Gwen Benaway and Adebe DeRango-AdemMontreal • Reading Series


(Thursday) 7:00 PM


Atwater Library and Computer Centre

1200 Atwater Ave, 2nd floor, Montreal, QC

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Atwater Library and Computer Centre, 1200 Atwater Ave, 2nd floor
Atwater metro station, across from Cabot Square

Accessibility information (including detailed transit access & physical features of the building such as staircases), courtesy of the Quebec Writers’ Federation

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Adebe DeRango-Adem was called a young Canadian author to watch in 2016 by Canada’s current parliamentary poet laureate, the prolific George Elliott Clarke.

A former student of Anne Waldman and Amiri Baraka through the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, Adebe is the author of two full-length poetry collections: Ex Nihilo (“nee-hill-oh”) and Terra Incognita.

Ex Nihilo was nominated for the prestigious Dylan Thomas Prize, while Her most recent book, Terra Incognita, published in 2015, was a finalist for the Pat Lowther award. The book explores various racial discourses and interracial crossings both buried in the grand narratives of history and the everyday experiences of being mixed-race. Poems from the collection were also longlisted for the inaugural Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize, as judged by award-winning American poet Claudia Rankine.


Gwen Benaway is of Anishinaabe and Métis descent.  Her first collection of poetry, Ceremonies for the Dead, was published in 2013 and her second collection of poetry, Passage, is forthcoming from Kegedonce Press in Fall 2016. An emerging Two-Spirited Trans poet, she has been described as the spiritual love child of Thomson Highway and Anne Sexton. In 2015, she was the recipient of the inaugural Speaker’s Award for a Young Author and in 2016 she received an Dayne Ogilvie Honour of Distinction for Emerging Queer Authors from the Writer’s Trust of Canada. Her work has been published and anthologized internationally. She and her many vintage dresses can be found on Instagram and Twitter.

Gwen Benaway est de Anishinaabe et Métis descente. Son premier recueil de poésie , Ceremonies for the Dead, a été publié en 2013 et son deuxième recueil de poésie , Passage, est à venir de Kegedonce Press à l’automne 2016. Un Deux – Spirited poète Trans émergents , elle a été décrit comme l’enfant de l’amour spirituel de Thomson Highway et Anne Sexton . En 2015 , elle a reçu le Prix du Président inaugural pour un jeune auteur et en 2016 elle a reçu un Ogilvie honneur Dayne de distinction pour les auteurs émergents Queer de Trust de l’écrivain du Canada . Son travail a été publié et anthologies internationalement . Elle et ses nombreuses robes vintage peut être trouvée sur Instagram et  Twitter.